What is Steve Harvey Net worth and How did he become so successful? Here is what we know. The name Steve Harvey is mostly associated with comedy. Though Steve is involved in writing, producing, acting and television hosting. He executes a number of roles in the entertainment industry. He can also be seen as a jack of all trade in the entertainment industry.
Steve Harvey Net Worth
|Net worth||$160 million|
|Source of wealth||Professional Comedian/Actor/Author/Producer|
|Date Of Birth||January 17,1957|
|Nationality||United State of America|
The early stages of his life wasn’t an easy one as he had to engage in various activities but none did he find fulfilment in. He worked several jobs after finishing from the university but none of them gave him fulfilment. Finally, he discovered that he could do comedy and everything changed. He has never looked back from it.
Born as Broderick Stephen Harvey on January 17, 1957, in Welch, West Virginia. He is the last of five children born to Eloise and Jesse Harvey. His father Jesse, was a coal miner by profession who passed away in 2000 of black lung disease. At a young age, Steve moved with his family to Cleveland. He studied at Glenville High school and graduated in 1974. After high school, he went back to his hometown to study at West Virginia University.
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After university, he worked a number of jobs including; sales of insurance, postman, autoworker,
carpet cleaner and was into boxing but none gave him satisfaction.
Having discovered he could do comedy, Harvey on October 8, 1985, at Hilarities comedy club in
Cleveland, Ohio performed as a stand-up comedian. After polishing his skills through several years of performance in small clubs, he came close to hitting his first breakthrough by the end of the decade, making it to the final of the Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search in 1989.
His stint at the talent hunt earned him a chance to host the music TV show, ”It’s Showtime At The Apollo”. Eventually, he bagged a starring role in the ABC show, ‘Me And the Boys’ in 1994.
In 1996, he had his big breakthrough when he started his flagship show ‘The Steve Harvey Show’
which ran till 2002. The show was very popular in the African-American community. In 1997, he joined Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac and D.L.Hughley on kings of comedy tour. The tour was a success. According to the Loa Angeles Times, the tour grossed a whopping $37 million in 1997 and 1998.
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In 2003, Harvey came up with a show, ‘Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge’. The variety show had to play the role of a comedian and a host. After establishing a name for himself, Steve began to experiment with radio and launched his own radio show called the ‘The Steve Harvey Morning Show‘ which started running from 2005 to May 10, 2019. The show’s instant success led to Steve winning Radio & Records syndicated personality/show of the year award in 2007.
Harvey also ventured into acting as he starred in movies such as Fighting Temptation, You Got Served, Johnson Family Vacation and Racing Stripes.
Steve has also written several books, some of which are best sellers. These include:
- Take the Leap of Faith to achieve your Life of Abundance
- Straight talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep and Understand a Man
- Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success: Discovering your gifts and way to life riches
- Act like a lady, think like a Man; which was later made into a movie in 2012
Harvey also served as a host for the Miss Universe Pageant since 2015. In 2015 he made a huge mistake when accidentally announced Miss Colombia, Adriana Gutierrez, as the winner instead of Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach. The error was immediately corrected though it trended all over social media.
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Awards and Recognitions
Here are some of the awards Steve Harvey has received in the course of his career:
- 2011: BET Humanitarian award – 2011 BET awards
- 2013: Favourite New Talk Show Host – 39th People’s Choice Award
- 2013: Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
- 2016: Honorary Doctorate Degree received at the Alabama State University In Montgomery, Alabama
- 2017: Daytime Emmy award for outstanding informative talk show host-
- 2017: Daytime Emmy award for outstanding game talk show host-
As of 2019, Steve Harvey net worth is reported to be about $160 million and still increasing. placing him among the richest comedians in the world.